Custom Foot Orthotics
Foot Orthotics are designed to support, align and improve the function of your feet and lower limbs as you continue walking or participating in other regular physical activities.
Why get foot orthotics through a physiotherapist or chiropractor?
As a physiotherapist or chiropractor, we are trained to look higher up the kinetic chain at the influences of foot alignment on the knee, hip or back. Custom orthotics that we provide are meant to serve and contribute to total body alignment and slow progression of deformities.
What to expect during your assessment for custom foot orthotics:
Medical History Review
The assessment includes a complete investigation and documentation of your medical history, symptoms, and previous injuries. Consideration will be given to lifestyle activities, current and past footwear (fit, style, wear, and pattern). Assessment also includes a hands-on evaluation of the lower limbs including foot structure, alignment, strength, range of motion, soft-tissue damage and identifying any abnormalities.
Observation of your gait may include walking or running depending on your needs and consideration of any issues with the back, hip, knee or ankle.
We will make recommendations regarding type of orthotic, footwear or other devices.
A Plaster of Paris mold will be taken of the foot in subtalar neutral.
We use a local lab and have complete control over specifications of the orthotic. This allows us to make revisions in a timely manner.
Custom-made orthotics will be fitted specifically for you and your footwear. They will be tried out in the office and the break-in period will be explained. After allowing for break-in any problems or pressure points will be assessed and revisions made as required.
Toe deformities may be addressed with over–the-counter devices and may not require a full orthotic. We can assess and make recommendations.